Cat Nurse Makes House Calls

Bringing healthcare to your cat's doorstep could be what she's been asking for.

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Randi Golub is a certified veterinary technician in Eugene, Oregon, and she makes house calls. She recently started a home business called Cat Nurse on Call.

Golub said that after years of working in a veterinarians office she came up with the idea of making house calls because many cats do not like to travel in vehicles to the vets office.

I realized how poorly cats in particular do when they're forced to leave their own environment, Golub told the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper. Making house calls to take care of routine treatments not only helps the cats, but it also helps owners who have a hard time getting their pets to the vet.

She isn't the first person to come to that conclusion. The American Association of Housecall Veterinarians lists 154 member veterinary practices in 40 states on its Web site.

Although she provides some of the same services as a veterinarian, Golub emphasizes that she's not a veterinarian.

I don't diagnose illnesses, and I don't provide primary care, she said. I carry out the instructions of veterinarians, usually for ongoing procedures their patients need for chronic conditions. She said many of her cat patients have diseases such as diabetes.

Posted: March 2, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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